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'This can’t be the new norm': academics' perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis for the Australian University Sector / Fiona McGaughey, Richard Watermeyer, Kalpana Shankar, Venkata Ratnadeep Suri, Cathryn Knight, Tom Crick, Joanne Hardman, Dean Phelan, Roger Chung

Higher Education Research & Development

Swansea University Authors: Cathryn Knight, Tom Crick

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The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the university sector across the world. This article reports on the Australian findings from a large-scale survey of academic staff and their experiences and predictions of the impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing. We report the perceptions of n=370...

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Published in: Higher Education Research & Development
ISSN: 0729-4360 1469-8366
Published: Taylor & Francis 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57542
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Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the university sector across the world. This article reports on the Australian findings from a large-scale survey of academic staff and their experiences and predictions of the impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing. We report the perceptions of n=370 Australian academics and their accounts of the response of their institutions to the COVID-19 crisis, analysed using self-determination theory. Respondents report work-related stress, digital fatigue, and a negative impact on work-life balance; as well as significant concerns over potential longer-term changes to academia as a result of the pandemic. Respondents also articulate their frustration with Australia’s neoliberal policy architecture and the myopia of quasi-market reform, which has spawned an excessive reliance on international students as a pillar of income generation, and therefore jeopardised institutional solvency – particularly during the pandemic. Conversely, respondents identify a number of 'silver linings' which speak to the resilience of academics.
College: College of Arts and Humanities